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Zdenek Prudil, M.Sc.

Astronomisches Rechen-Institut

Bibliotheksbau, Room B.1-03

Postal address
Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut
Mönchhofstr. 12-14
69120 Heidelberg

Research interests
Zdenek Prudils thesis is focused on exploring the structure and formation of our Galaxy. He will use data from recent and ongoing sky surveys (OGLE, CSS, and Pan-STARRS), that contain a large amount of pulsating variables, especially the RR Lyrae stars. These stars are excellent tracers of old stellar populations in our Galaxy and its close neighbors. He will use the RR Lyrae stars to determine their distances, Oosterhoff properties, and chemical composition. This will be augmented by kinematic information from the Gaia space mission, which will, for the first time, provide the three-dimensional motions of these stars. With this comprehensive information, he will explore the physical parameters of previously discovered tidal streams and remnants of small galaxies accreted onto our Milky Way and identify and characterize new substructure. In the end, he will obtain six-dimensional maps of the distribution, structure, and motions of old populations in our Galaxy and decipher its assembly history.

Publications done at ZAH since 2007

Prudil, Z.; Skarka, M. et al. (inc. Grebel, E. K.)
Candidates for RR Lyrae in binary systems from the OGLE Galactic bulge survey
MNRAS 487, L1(2019)

Prudil, Z.; Dékány, I. et al. (inc. Grebel, E. K.)
On the Oosterhoff dichotomy in the Galactic bulge: I. Spatial distribution
MNRAS 484, 4833(2019)

Prudil, Z.; Grebel, E. K. et al. (inc. Dékány, I.)
Photometric study of the SMCNOD using variable stars from the OGLE-IV survey
MNRAS 480, 669(2018)

Prudil, Z.; Skarka, M.
Blazhko effect in the Galactic bulge fundamental mode RR Lyrae stars - I. Incidence rate and differences between modulated and non-modulated stars
MNRAS 466, 2602(2017)

Prudil, Z.; Smolec, R. et al.
Peculiar double-periodic pulsation in RR Lyrae stars of the OGLE collection ─ II. Short-period stars with a dominant radial fundamental mode
MNRAS 465, 4074(2017)

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